ruffle & dot cake

filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes on April 28, 2015

I shared this unique cake decorating technique for the first time in my book, Surprise-Inside Cakes. (Quite honestly, developing and sharing brand new frosting techniques is a bit of a passion of mine!)

How to Pipe a Ruffle & Dot Cake

I thought that a little video might help to show you how I do this technique.

A few disclaimers:

My first couple rows of piping are a bit wonky because I was trying to pipe at an awkward angle. When YOU pipe, get right in front of where you want your row, hold your bag completely upright and use guidelines to keep yourself uniform.

How to Pipe a Ruffle & Dot Cake

I use Fat Daddio’s gel tips (not an affiliate link) and I LOVE them for this cake. Their version of the #104 tip is by far superior when it comes to uniform piping. Highly recommend! The round tip is the equivalent of a #12 tip. You can use anything from a #5 to a #12 for this cake. These tips do require a special coupler set, but you can also just go without a couple set for small projects.

My peach frosting was very warm and did not hold it’s shape as well as the chocolate. (sad face) To avoid this, make sure your frosting consistency is like toothpaste. (If too soft, try adding a small amount of sugar to thicken up) When you have the right consistency and pipe out the vertical dots they will hold their shape better and be a bit more defined.


Here is the Holiday Candle Cake from my book and you can see the red dots are a bit more defined! (It is even more clear IN my book if you happen to have a copy!)

How to Pipe a Ruffle & Dot Cake

To make sure my ruffles are perfectly (or imperfectly!) straight I use a bench scraper and press into the cake gently. This leaves a guideline that will be covered up by frosting.

Here is a recipe for Whipped Chocolate Buttercream.

Here is a recipe for Vanilla Buttercream.

I recommend this delicious Chocolate Cake recipe for the interior!

How to Pipe a Ruffle & Dot Cake

This is a really fun and easy way to decorate a cake! Just imagine all the fun you can have with colors and flavors.

How to Pipe a Ruffle & Dot Cake

I am planning on doing a rainbow version next!

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  • Rian Nunez says:

    what a fun yet beautiful technique.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Po @ Frost and Serve says:

    The timing of this video is perfect since I can’t decide how to frost this cake that I’ll make, Thank you for the video tutorial! It’s quite easier to understand 🙂

  • Annie @ ciaochowbambina says:

    Gosh, people must feel very special upon receiving one of your creations. This is so beautiful, Amanda. You see your heart in everything you do. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much sweet Annie.

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:


  • mila furman says:

    Amanda..I don’t care how many times you show me how to do this…mine will never look as gorgeous as that! You make piping look absolutely effortless! Gorgeous!

  • Petie Ogg says:

    That is too gorgeous and looks almost too good to eat but I’d give it the old college try!!

  • Aleta Anderson says:

    So disappointed. Video was not available.

  • Mellybrown says:

    Ooh can’t wait for the rainbow version! I have a little girl that has already requested a rainbow birthday (her birthday isn’t until November 🙂 and we haven’t decided which of your rainbow cakes to make. I have already done your rainbow cake with the grass piping tip and we were thinking of the rainbow ruffled cake. Basically every cake I make comes from you 🙂 THANK YOU!!!!

  • Monica says:

    This is the place to be for beautiful cakes – from creamy frostings to how to decorate them into showstoppers. I don’t think I’d be able to make my attempts anything like yours but it’s so good of you to share your tips and know-how with us. This looks wonderful and is a great technique.

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    I love all of your unique decorating techniques! Now just to pick one for my girl’s birthday next month… 🙂

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Amanda, I love this decorating technique!!! so creative and pretty!!!

  • Melissa @ Bless this Mess says:

    LURVE the videos! Keep em coming! Seriously, you are a cake ninja.

  • Jasline (Foodie Baker) says:

    Wow, this cake is simply stunning. So beautiful! Thank you for the tips!

  • Sarah @ Savoring Spoon says:

    Beautiful cake. I’m loving the video tutorial!

  • Jolena @TheRubyKitchen says:

    This is so unique! I love the holiday version as well. Pinned!!

  • Kelly says:

    Love the elegant ruffle piping, it looks so pretty with the dots!

  • Ami@NaiveCookCooks says:

    Amanda I am always amazed by your baking and decorating skills!! I need to take classes from you!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    I love this ruffle and dot technique! Now can I just dig into a slice of that cake?

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    What a cool technique, totally have to try this